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SoVA's Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition Welcomes Visiting Artist Liz Nielsen as This Year's Juror

Installation Image of Fall 2014 Undergraduate Juried Show

One of the highlights of each fall semester, the Penn State School of Visual Arts' (SoVA) Undergraduate Juried Exhibition provides SoVA’s undergraduate students with the opportunity to have their work juried by a professional artist and compete for a Kara D. Berggren Scholarship Award, as well as several merit awards. Through the support of the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, each year SoVA invites nationally and internationally recognized artists, critics, and curators to serve as jurors for this special exhibition. This year visiting artist Liz Nielsen serves in that role. 

Nielsen’s lecture, "Solid Light," will take place Tuesday, October 27, 3:00 PM, Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. Nielsen's tantalizing images of layered color are packed with a series of visual narratives waiting to be unraveled and explored, whether it be something as mundane as candles or as strange as swan milk.

Nielsen is a Brooklyn-based photographic artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, and Berlin. Her photographs from the New Work, Tiger Teeth/Red Light, and Compositions: Blue Shifts series are printed in the color darkroom with handmade negatives. Each photograph is unique, ranging from 50" x 40" to 10" x 8".  The photographs from Geometric Splits are 16" x 20", editions of 3, printed digitally. Photographs from Deep Space and the Atmosphere series are shot on film and printed in the color darkroom. They are editioned, and are 20" x 20" or 30" x 30". Liz earned her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. Nielsen's works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and ArtSlant. Liz currently works with Denny Gallery in New York, Danziger Gallery in New York, and SOCO Gallery in North Carolina.